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3.0 out of 5 stars Good concept flawed by the omissions, 21 Nov 2007
D. G. Broome (Sunderland UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: 501 Movie Stars: A Comprehensive Guide to the Greatest Screen Actors (Hardcover)
First the good points. Concise articles, lavish illustrations, good lists of notable films, worldwide coverage, brief star qualities lists. But and it is a big but the restriction to 501 stars and the in many ways admirable covereage of character actors such as Edmond Gwenn, George Gabby Hayes, Hume Cronyn, Buddy Ebsen and others has meant that many major names have been omitted. To name but a few Oscar winners Janet Gaynor, Wallace Beery, Marie Dressler, Ronald Colman, Robert Donat, Paul Muni, Paul Henreid, Victor McLaglen and more up to date Emma Thompson, Renee Zellweger, Kim Basinger, Helen Hunt, Glenda Jackson, James Coburn and Peter Finch. Then there is also no place for the likes of Leslie Howard, Robert Taylor, Jean Simmons, Danny Kaye, Kenneth More Glenn Close, Merle Oberon Albert Finney, Dorothy McGuire Miriam Hopkins, Mickey Rooney and Deanna Durbin, silent icons John Gilbert and Ramon Navarro and more recent stars such as Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze, Meg Ryan, Sandra Bullock, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder, Toby Maguire, Kirstin Dunst Matthew McConaughay, Viggo Mortensen,Christian Bale, Jude Law and more Not to mention continenal stars such as Anouk Aimee, Capucine, Senta Berger, Horst Bulcholz and Maximillian Schell. Sorry to go on but many of these omissions are baffling and annoying reducing ones pleasure in an otherwise well produced book. So this is the main reason the book only gets three stars. Memo to the editor: please produce an updated edition and expand it to 601 Stars.
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